It looks like our favorite royal couple has taken on a new helper: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hired a new chief of staff, Fiona Mcilwham, this week.
With the couple having to navigate social media, a full household, their new red-headed baby Archie, and all manner of globetrotting (not to mention the criticism that comes their way for, oh, just about everything), it makes sense that they need someone to help organize everything. And that’s where “diplomat and wannabe supermum,” Mcilwham comes into play, according to People magazine.
Mcilwham will join a female-led staff that includes Sara Latham as communications secretary and Heather Wong as deputy private secretary. Before taking the job Mcilwham was known as the U.K’s youngest ambassador, posted to the country of Albania in 2009.
She’ll replace Samantha Cohen, Queen Elizabeth II’s private secretary and interim chief of staff. Cohen was with Meghan and Harry after their 2018 wedding, helping Markle get her bearings and setting up the couple’s office. Mcilwham will start her new job next month, tagging along with Meghan and Harry on their trip to South Africa and Harry’s visits to Angola, Botswana and Malawi. While Meghan isn’t going, Botswana is where Meghan and Harry went on vacation prior to their engagement, recently releasing photos of that trip for World Elephant Day.
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🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘 Today is #WorldElephantDay and we are pleased to announce that since we followed our friends at @ElephantswithoutBorders (EWB) on Instagram in July, when we were celebrating the environment, you and our friend @TheEllenFund (@TheEllenShow) have spread the word and EWB have been able to help protect 25 elephants by fitting them with satellite navigation collars! These collars allow the team at EWB to track the elephants, as well as to learn their essential migratory patterns to keep their corridors safe and open so future generations of elephants can roam freely. In honour of this amazing support, EWB have named their most recently collared Elephant…ELLEN! We can’t wait to see where she will go! 🐘 Two years ago on World Elephant Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Dr Chase to help in this conservation effort. Below, a few words from Mike and his partner Kelly at EWB: • ‘Today is a day to honor and celebrate the majestic elephant and to make a strong stand for conserving and protecting one of the world’s most beloved animals. elephants are intelligent, sentient beings capable of emotions from joy to grief. They are ‘environmental engineers,’ a key-stone umbrella species, and the fight to save them is in effect, a fight to save entire ecosystems and all wildlife. Today elephants are facing many challenges; habitat loss and competition for resources creates conflict with humans, climate change and fires destroy much needed resources and poaching for the demand of ivory makes elephants bigger targets than ever. African elephants are especially prone to human-wildlife conflict because of their large home ranges. Finding, preserving and creating elephant corridors is therefore of great importance in helping to maintain habitats suitable for movement and minimising human-elephant conflict. Corridors are a mitigation technique to better the livelihoods of local communities and the elephants themselves, by providing environment and ample space for wildlife to navigate from one habitat patch to another, without affecting the livelihoods of communities.’ • EWB – Dr Mike Chase, Ms Kelly Landen . 📸 by DOS © SussexRoyal Additional photos: EWB
Prince Harry may not be voted as the most popular member of the royal household, but the appointment of Mcilwham certainly shows that he’s prepping to keep himself in the public eye. It’s pretty amazing how these two have created an all-female staff, though unsurprising considering Meghan’s own interest in promoting women’s causes.
Good luck, Fiona. You’re gonna rock!